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by lyle e davis Winter in Omaha, Nebraska, can be mighty mean. Cold, blustery, temperatures so low your toes and fingers go numb as well as your nose and any other part of your exposed body. There was one winter in particular at Bishop Clarkson Hospital, back in Omaha, Nebraska. Bishop Clarkson Hospital has since merged with and become part of the Nebraska Medical Center. Back a few years ago, actually, more than a few years ago, there were two young lads, both patients, in the same hospital room at that very same Bishop Clarkson Hospital. They became great friends. A young white kid, maybe 12 years old, was in for an appen-

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dectomy. The other patient was a young Indian boy, about the same age, simply known as “Little Joe.” Joe was in for examination and evaluation for a condition that was causing great distress for the boy but that doctors had a hard time diagnosing. The young white boy had his family come and visit him regularly both pre-op and post-op. His family always tried to include Little Joe in the visits and it seemed to cheer him up some. Little Joe’s family didn’t get in to see him much. Little Joe wasn’t in for surgery. He was in for tests. He was a handsome kid . . . with a beautiful set of teeth. And when he flashed a smile, his brown eyes would sparkle and those perfectly formed teeth, against that warm brown skin, just stood out like a beautiful oil painting. But Little Joe didn’t smile as

often as everyone would like. He was hurting, and when he hurt . . . well, he didn’t smile a whole lot. When the pain would go away the white kid and the Indian kid would talk like young kids do. They’d talk about their dreams, their wishes, their hopes. When Joe wasn’t hurting they’d laugh and play games. Often, he’d have to go out in the hospital’s deep, dark laboratories and exam rooms from time to time to take more and more tests to see if they could find out what was causing his pain. When he came back, he usually wasn’t smiling. The tests were not easy, some were, in fact, painful. Back then, Omaha had a skid row area, down between 13th and 16th streets, not all that far from the Mighty Missouri river. Today, the river district and the

neighborhood that used to house a lot of Omaha’s derelicts has been built into a beautiful commerical district with lovely boutique shops and restaurants galore. A great entertainment venue. But back then, it was a skid row, home to a lot of Indians who lived down there. Mostly, it was Indians who were down on their luck, or who had drinking problems, which was a prevalent problem within the Indian communities that were in and around Omaha. It was probably a good 16, maybe 20 city blocks from the skid row area up to the Bishop Clarkson Hospital. A long, cold walk, particularly in the winter time, with the cold temperatures and sharp winds coming in off the plains . . . winds that would cut through your clothing like a knife.

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Page 2 - December 20, 2012 ‘A Christmas Story’ Cont. from Page 1 One Christmas eve, an old man left that skid row area and began the long walk from where he lived. He was headed for the Bishop Clarkson Hospital. Somewhere between the wretched area where he lived and the hospital, he came across a Christmas tree lot. He stopped and looked around, talked to the salesman who was manning the lot and who saw fewer and fewer customers for his trees the closer they got to Christmas Eve. The old man didn’t have a whole lot of money but spoke to the Christmas tree salesman and after a brief discussion, the saleman gave the old man a rather scrawny little tree. He refused payment and wished the old man a Merry Christms. The old man continued his walk, carrying his scrawny little Christmas tree. After what seemed like hours of plodding through the snow swept streets, he entered the lobby of the Bishop Clarkson Hospital, inquired as to a room number and took the elevator up. Little Joe had had a rather rough day of tests and wasn’t

Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle

This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy! Pub Crawling I was in a bar last Saturday night, and drank a few, and noticed two very large women by the bar. They both had pretty strong accents, so I asked, "Hey, are you two ladies from Ireland ?" One of them chirped saying, "It's WALES, you blinkin' idiot!" So, I immediately apologized and said, "I'm sorry. Are you two whales from Ireland ?" That’s all I remember.

feeling very well. As the old man entered the room, however, Little Joe’s eyes lit up. His family had come to see him! Or what was left of his family. And with a Christmas tree! True, it wasn’t much of a Christmas tree, kind of a scrawny little thing, but to Joey it was probably the most beautiful tree he had seen in ages. The Old Man was Little Joe’s dad. He wasn’t really all that old. He just looked old because he kinda walked with a stooped over back . . . probably from working heavy labor jobs at the Union Pacific railroad, in the cornfields of Nebraska’s farms, or wherever he could find work. The hard work had taken its toll on this once powerful body. There clearly was a great bond between Little Joe and his dad. Joe couldn’t stop smiling and chattering away. The Old Man just smiled quietly and stroked his son’s hair. We learned that Little Joe’s mom had died several years earlier. It was just Little Joe and his dad against the world. They were making it, too. Not exactly living high on the hog or getting rich . . . but they were carving out a life for themselves, as best they could.

••••• Because I want to wish you all a happy and most importantly safe Holiday season, I would like to share a personal experience with my closest friends about drinking and driving. As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the occasional social session especially during the Holidays. A couple of nights ago I was out for an evening with friends, and had a couple of cocktails and some rather good beer. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before. I took a cab home. And wouldn't you just know it - on the way home I passed a police road block but, since it was a cab, they waved it past. I arrived home safely and without incident - which was a real surprise because I have never driven a cab before and am not sure where I got it or what to do with it now that it's in my garage.

And then Joey got sick. He had terrible stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, chills, and then the symptoms would settle down. They’d go away, maybe for days. Sometimes they’d just come . . . and then go . . . sometimes they’d leave because Joey had medication to dull the pain. As the symptoms became more constant, the pain more unbearable, it was time for Joey to head to the hospital for tests to find out what his medical problems were. The white kid’s parents arrived and were determined to cheer their son up for Christmas. They wanted to try and make his Christmas, even while in the hospital, a joyous event. They had brought some gifts and they had even remembered Joey, bringing him several gifts. Joey’s eyes lit up at the gifts as well, all wrapped up, looking Christmas lovely. The Old Man thanked the parents and soon that hospital room began to get a mighty warm feeling. There were smiles and laughter. Several of the nurses on the floor heard about the tree and pretty soon, strips of crepe paper appeared, red, white, green, all were brought in and

••••• Enjoy the Day! Your kids are becoming you ... but your grandchildren are perfect! Going Out is good. Coming home is better!

hung on the scrawny Christmas tree. The nurses already spoiled the two young patients rotten . . . but since it was Christmas Eve and they had to work anyway, they decided to do all they could to help these two kids have a somewhat Merry Christmas and, who knows? Maybe that happy feeling might be shared by the nurses. There have been mightier and more magnificent celebrations of Christmas on Christmas Eve, people singing hymns in mighty cathedrals all over the world, lots of rich kids and their families opening presents and enjoying the Christmas season. But it’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying Christmas Eve more than these two young kids, and their families, all spending Christmas Eve in the room and the halls of Bishop Clarkson Hospital. In time, Little Joey’s dad had to leave and the white kid’s parents offered to drive him home. He accepted quietly and gratefully. Little Joey had to fight back the tears when his dad left. He wasn’t sure how soon his dad could make it back to the hospital for another visit. Indeed, the next day, Christmas

‘A Christmas Story’ Cont. on Page 3 safe to wear it anywhere. You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?! What used to be freckles are now liver spots. Everybody whispers.

You forget names .... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!

You have three sizes of clothes in your closet ... two of which you will never wear.

You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.

A Cowboy Named Fred

The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "presleep." You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch. You tend to use more 4 letter words "what?"..."when?" Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not

A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo Theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat." The cowboy groaned but didn't budge. The usher became more impatient: "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager." Once again, the cowboy just ‘Chuckles’ Cont. on Page 12


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‘A Christmas Story’ Cont. from Page 2 Day, the white kid’s parents did return to spend Christmas with their ailing, but recuperating young lad. And they tried to help Little Joey enjoy Christmas as well. But Joey wasn’t feeling well that Christmas Day. He was polite and tried to smile but mostly he slept, or tried to . . . and he wanted to keep to himself. The nurses would scurry in and out and check his pulse and temp and whatever it is nurses do to 12 year old lads who are hospitalized. Joey was always cooperative, even if he had to have a shot or to have blood drawn. He was a rather good patient and the nurses were clearly fond of him. That night, after the parents left, the two lads talked, but not a whole lot. They did talk about what they were gonna do the first day when they got out of the hospital, what their pals were probably doing tonight, what school would be like once Christmas vacation was over. And then they fell asleep. The next morning the white kid awoke. He turned to greet his roomate and bid him good morning. He froze. Joey wasn’t there and his bed clothes were all rolled up. Something wasn’t right. The nurse came in with his breakfast and his medications. The kid looked at the nurse with a questioning look and saw a tear in her eyes. “Where’s Little Joey?” he asked, though he probably already knew the answer. “Little Joey passed away early this morning,” she said, and she didn’t try to hide the tears that flowed, nor the tremor in her voice. The 12 year old buried his face in his pillow and screamed, “No! Not Little Joey! He was my pal. We were just talking last night! He can’t be gone. He’s just a kid, like me!” I can remember this Christmas memory as though it happened yesterday. You see, I was the little 12 year old white kid.

An Apology and a Commentary by lyle e davis

For those of you who tried to reach The Paper by phone for the past several weeks, our apologies. You received a Voice Mail recording that said words to the effect that “this account has not yet set up a Voice Mail Program and is unable to accept voice mail messages.” As a prologue to this commentary, we suggest you, as a consumer, be very wary of dealing with either AT&T or Cox Communications when it comes to service issues and changing of service. It can well develop into a nightmare similar to that which we experienced. This was the latest scenario in what became a nightmarish event that lasted some six weeks before we had full telephone service restored. In the meantime, valuable and important voicemails were lost. If we did not return your calls, or if you were unable to reach us, here are the reasons behind this debacle. On Novembe 3rd, we purchased two new Samsung Galaxie III cell phones from AT&T. We are very happy with them. However, while at AT&T, we were talked into purchasing two wireless units, one for the home and one for the office. Our sales representative showed the relay stations that would allow us to go wireless, but said that we would need to switch our service provider from Cox Communications to AT&T. He assured us that all you have to do is plug that unit into the back of your phone, and after 4 or 5 days the “porting” would be complete and he assured us everything would work perfectly and we would live happily ever after. He was mistaken. We took the equipment home and Evelyn plugged in the units as the instruction book indicated and we waited the 4 or 5 days, and then we waited another 3 weeks. Finally, Lyle decided we needed some help and on

December 2nd he brought in a long time friend, a former telephone specialist with PacBell, to check the installation and contact AT&T to see why the porting had not been done. He contacted AT&T technical services that dealt with “porting” over the service from Cox to AT&T. They assured us it would be a matter of four to five days before the porting would be complete; we should continue to call every day or two to find out the status. Meanwhile, we could continue to use Cox service until the changeover occurred, although we were only able to call out; could not receive calls. We were assigned WorkOrder #65532092, and told within four to five working days we would have the phone numbers ported over from Cox to AT&T. During that week we were assured that our system would be in order as of midnight Sunday, December 10. But during that week also we were only able to ‘call out’ on our phones; could not answer the phones because they didn’t ring when someone tried to call us. On Monday morning, December 10, Evelyn made another one of her many phone calls to AT&T porting service department and explained the story to a very sympathetic lady in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and told her we are unhooking all the equipment and returning it to the store where it was purchased. When she heard of our problems with both the portable phones and the credit card machines, she stated that was correct, “They should never have sold you that equipment. It is not compatible with auxiliary equipment (which is what a credit card machine is). Give me the name and phone number of the store where you purchased the equipment and I will call them to make arrangements for you to return the equipment and they should work with you. Also, do not take the equipment back to the store until your phones are back in working condition. I’m terribly sorry for this inconvenience. That equipment is not what you need.” On December 11th, we again contacted Cox via their chat line. After talking to a service

tech and getting nowhere, Evelyn asked to speak to a Supervisor (Richard). At that time we were told our service would be operable on Thursday, December 13th. Evelyn asked why we couldn’t have it operational immediately. She was told “the technician will need to access your home address in order to activate the service from the outside pole.” Not true! They said we were scheduled for Monday, December 17th. Evelyn said that was unacceptable. So they said they would put us on standby as we had to have a technician come to our home and office and make sure the phones were working correctly; standby was set for Thursday, and Friday, but we were scheduled for sure for Monday. Also on Tuesday, we were told we had to have the extra days to “port” the numbers back from AT&T, and the porting times are 4 to 5 days, that’s why Monday was the scheduled day. Evelyn had to again give all the information necessary to have the numbers “ported” back, and answer questions through a “third party” servicer. They explained that was a “government law” that had to be done any time phone numbers are changed from one company to another – Evelyn said even though we have just waited 5 weeks to get these numbers “ported” over from Cox to AT&T? Then, as it turns out, they only took information for one of the phone numbers and during the conversation, the phones went dead! No one from Cox showed up on either Thursday or Friday, nor did they call to advise of any delays. (Eventually we found someone at Cox who knew what to do to restore our service, but it took another day of waiting, and did NOT require access to our home or outside pole. One wonders how well trained these “supervisors” are). Meantime, we were only able to take or make phone calls via our cellphones. Our regular phones were inoperable, as was our incoming Voice Mail. ‘Apology/Commentary’ Cont. on Page 7


Local News

Page 4 - December 20, 2012 Carlsbad Police Arrest Robbery Suspect On November 7, 2012, at approximately 2:18am, Carlsbad police officers were dispatched to 1991 Palomar Airport Rd., AM/PM Arco, to investigate a reported armed robbery. Officer Seapker contacted the victim who stated a white male adult entered the store and pointed a gun to his head. The suspect demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene on foot. Several Officers and a K9 checked the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. On December 6, 2012, at approximately 3:20am, Anthony Piscotta was arrested by Carlsbad Police patrol officers while in the commission of a burglary in the 5100 block of Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. During Anthony Piscotta’s arrest, a loaded handgun was recovered as evidence. Anthony Piscotta was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for several charges including Attempted

Burglary. Following this arrest, Anthony Piscotta was identified as a potential suspect in the robbery of the AM/PM Arco gas station on November 7, 2012. Further investigation determined that Anthony Piscotta had committed the robbery, and the recovered handgun had been used during the robbery. On December 14, 2012, Carlsbad Police detectives rearrested Anthony Piscotta at the Vista Detention Facility on one count of Robbery 2nd degree. Anthony Piscotta was already in custody at the Vista Detention Facility due to his arrest on December 6, 2012. Banker Les Abshire Appointed President/CEO Of Escondido Chamber of Commerce Businessman/banker Harley L. “Les” Abshire has been appointed to succeed Katherine Zimmer as Escondido Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer. Ms.Zimmer has been appoint-

More neat people in our North County community. Mandy Bowman, the new owner of the Westside Cafe, at 912 S. Redwood in is one of the newest. Bright, cheery place, good food. More about them soon. A couple weeks ago my cousin, Doug Leverenz, droved down from Huntington Beach to spend

Valley High School students have already raised over $300 to replace what was lost in the Grinch theft of the Salvation Army kettle last weekend.

A former Chamber board chair (2006-2007) as well as long time Chamber treasurer (2001 to 2005) and again from 2006 to 2011), Les has over 30 years of business development and marketing experience in tandem with over 20 years in management and supervisory positions. Most recently, Abshire was, for five years, vice president and regional client manager for San Diego National Bank, serving through its acquisition by US Bank. He then joined California Bank & Trust as vice president and commercial lending officer, retiring earlier this year, as he said at the time “to play golf

My cousin, Doug, pointed out: “Honey Crips Apples were developed by the University of Minnesota about ten years ago. These apples just started showing up in California about two - three years ago and are usually

Also had a nice chat with John Masson, Escondido’s newly appointed City Councilmember, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Marie Waldron, who won her

So often, apples bought in a grocery store have little or no real taste to them. A good apple is like one you'd pick off a tree in Washington state. Super delicious. That's what these are . . . tasting like you'd just picked them off a tree. We got ours from the Vons at 17th and Centre City Parkway. I’m advised that Jimbo’s also carries them.

and enjoy our granddaughter Jessie.” The Stolen Salvation Army Kettle

the most expensive ones. I picked up a half dozen yesterday for $1.88 a pound, which is a good price for these. In fact, I just finished my 3rd one a few minutes ago. Some are more crisper than others and this apple is not one of the better keeping ones, so you need to eat them in a few days. I wish that they would get Hralson's and Wealthy Apples out here but no luck.” ••••• Bumped into State Senator Mark Wyland, who was in Escondido for a speech to the local Escondido Republican Club. He has announced he will run for the State Board of Equalization once he terms out as State Senator. To us, he has done a magnificent job of representing his constituents and we hate to see him leave the Senate. He will, however, have a great deal of support in his run for the Board of Equalization seat, including ours.

the weekend with us. He brought along some Honey Crisp apples, which I had never eaten before. Out of this world! He said he picked them up at Vons so today, I dropped in and found more Honey Crisp apples. They're about $2.29 a lb., but a very helpful stock clerk pointed out a bag of about 10 for $5. A much better buy. Juicy, easy on the teeth, tasty.

Man About Town

ed executive director of the Escondido Visitors’ Bureau.

The After 5 Rotary Club of Escondido last night inducted Daniel Barajas, Valley High's assistant principal, as the newest member of Escondido's newest Rotary Club. Daniel reported that to his fellow Rotarians and his Club in a spur-of-the-moment gesture matched that and then some, coming up with $330--among the 27 Rotarians (and one guest) within 5 minutes at their regular Wednesday meeting at The Vineyard of Escondido. Councilmember John Masson Resigns from Escondido Chamber Board and Mayor’s Advisory Committee Citing the need to avoid any ‘Local News’ Cont. on Page 5 election in her run for the newly created Assembly position. John will do an outstanding job as a councilman. He’s had a distinguished career as a businessman, as an active member of the community, and as a Chamber member, icnluding serving as Chairman of the Board last year. Good luck to him. ••••• For those who’ve wondered about Jeff Frank, the longtime columnist for the old North County Times . . . he is well and just as ornery as ever. He now writes for the Interfaith Community Services; newsletters, press releases, any writing that needs to be done, Jeff does it. Great to see him behind a keyboard again. We always enjoyed his columns and his friendship over the years. As you’ll recall, he gave us all a scare with some serious health issues at one time. ‘Man About Town’ Cont. on Page 6


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‘Local News’ Cont. from Page 4 appearance of a conflict of interest, newly appointed Escondido City Councilmember John Masson resigned from the board of directors of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Sam Abed’s Economic Advisory Board. The resignation is effective immediately since Masson was appointed last week to serve out the remaining two years of former Councilmember Marie Waldron’s term. Waldron was elected to the state Assembly in last month’s general election. Masson said he looks forward to working with the Chamber and others who are committed to bringing jobs and economic progress to the city.

had been a Chamber board member since 2006 and was its chairman last year. Dead Woman, Injured Young Girl, Found in San Marcos Apartment Authorities reported finding a dead woman and a young girl who was injured in a San Marcos apartment early Tueday morning. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Whispering Oaks Apartments on Firebird Lane near Mission Road at 3:29 a.m. after someone called and said his mother and sister had been stabbed. The 8-year-old girl was in critical condition at a hospital, and was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital

“I can no longer be part of the Chamber leadership and still be able to do this job objectively,” he said.

According to neighbors, the woman also has a 22-year-old son who, presumably, was the caller to the Sheriff’s office. The woman and her husband have reportedly been separated for several years.

Masson, president of a regional engineering and land planning firm bearing his name,

The victims identities have not yet been released, nor has the name(s) of any suspects.

Bumbling Robbers Fail, Try to Terrorize Neighboring Customers, Also Fail Escondido police have arrested two 18-year-old would be robbers who botched their mission up fairly well. The were arrested Monday night on vandalism and assault charges after a failed robbery attempt to rob the Vons grocery store on West Felicita Avenue near Centre City Parkway about 8:30 p.m. when they tried to steal beer but when confronted by the manager, they dropped it. The frustrated teens than ventured a couple of doors down from the store where one of them tried to break the window of a bar with his elbow, ultimately breaking the glass bus severing an artery, bleeding profusely. Bar patrons then came outside and confronted both men and the uninjured man took out a knife and began waving it around. Both were subdued by the bar customers and held for police. The injured man, identified as Jorge Marquez of Escondido was taken to a hospital for treatment and then booked into jail where he is being held on a vandalism charge on $25,000 bail.

Letter to the Editor Hi Lyle, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the honorable mention of me in your edition of The Paper a few weeks ago. Just to update you, I'm feeling much better and should be released back to light duty the week of Christmas. I should be back on my (motor)bike by midJanuary if all goes well. EPOA (Escondido Police Officer’s Association) would like to wish all of you at The Paper a wonderful and blessed holiday season. Thank you for being a great partner in our community. ‘Commentary’ Cont. on Page 10


The

Social Butterfly

Page 6 - December 20, 2012 efforts with disadvantaged youth. As the holiday season

Evelyn Madison The Social Butterfly Email Evelyn at: thesocialbutterfly@cox.net Two Teen Basketball Players Created “Alley Oops” An Alley Oops play in basketball is a dazzling shot where two players work together to create a beautiful shot. Local basketball players Cole Preston and Michael Rosenburg created their community service organization, “Ally Oops,” based on that principle. They have rallied other players from their teams to accomplish beautiful things in their community. Recently they were recognized by a U.S. Senator for their

approached, they again worked together to create enchanted memories for local children. Working with Sid’s Carpet Barn they collected toys for the Salvation Army/Union Tribune Christmas Toy Drive. Michael remembers eagerly waiting for Christmas morning and wants to see other kids have that same magical experience. “I’ve been pretty lucky in my life” says Cole Preston (pictured) “and I don’t take it lightly. It’s important to always be grateful for what I have and be willing to give back to others.”

Foundation’s Holiday Spectacular Raised $4,000 for Canine Companions Feeding the Soul Foundation hosted a night of live music,

An Urgent Plea from Batman

treats, contribution, and enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. The live show, with a VIP dinner/reception beforehand, at the Star Theater recently raised $4,000 to benefit Canine Companions for Independence Oceanside. The annual holiday spectacular was hosted by Madison from KPRI and featured the legendary Steve Poltz who entertained with his usual humor, fun and eclectic assortment of music. Local favorite, acoustic rhymer Bushwalla and other friends

joined him in a concert. Proceeds and all donations went to their ongoing support of Canine Companions in providing highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart. “Together we can join for fun, music, and make a big differ-

yourself - Love thy neighbor as you love thyself, I always say) nothing would make a better Christmas gift than a gift subscription to The Paper, a wildly successful weekly newspaper that features dynamite cover stories as well as hilarious jokes on its Chuckles page, great columns by experts in their field . . . and a round up of daily news. One might even call it a news magazine. (I know the editor/publisher personally and he said it was okay to say that).

‘Man About Town’ Cont. from Page 4

Cost is a measly $28.60 for a six month subscription, or $57.20 for a full Bat-year subscription.

Hi kids, this is Batman, the old Caped Crusader. Y'know, the '60s was a glorious era. I could still fit into my suit, Robin and I could hang out together without those rumors spreading, and even though the Batmobile got two miles a gallon, gas was still cheap enough that I could still afford Alfred.

I have retired from crimefighting. Oh, I'll take an occasional gig . . . but, generally, I'm a retired gentleman. I now serve as a mild-mannered reporter for a terrific weekly newspaper in North San Diego County. As a Christmas Gift for those you love (and this includes

Whether you live in Gotham or sunny California, this weekly news magazine is just the ticket and would make a great gift. Just call and ask for me, Batman, on my Batphone at 760.747.7119.

‘Social Butterfly’ Cont. on Page 7

Relax. He’s fine. That’s ancient history now and he looks just great and still has that impish smile of his and his same sense of humor. ••••• Sad to learn of the passing of a bona fide American hero, Senator Daniel Inouye, Democrat, of Hawaii. The senior Senator from Hawaii and the president protempore of the Senate, died at Walter Reed Medical Center Monday evening. He was 88. Officials said the cause of death was respiratory complications. Inouye's greatest moment of heroism came in April 1945, near the end of the war, and he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for it, later upgraded by President Clinton to a Medal of Honor.

Trust me. Those on your Christmas gift list will go batty for it.

Normally, the Man About Town deals with local evens and personalities . . . but in this case, we felt Senator Inouye had earned a final salute.His final words before passing?

Batman out.

“Aloha.”


December 20, 2012 - Page 7 price is $26/person. For further information and to RSVP, call Bobby Sue at 858.673.9470. The Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish Community. Its membership is connected to the University through fundraising and activities that reflect the values on which the University was founded: academic excellence, social justice, non-sectarianism and service to the community. Funds raised at this event will help provide scholarships at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

‘Social Butterfly’ Cont. from Page 6 ence at the same time,” said Vallie Gilley, founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation. The Foundation promotes concerts for causes, bringing community together in creative generosity. For more info, go to http://www.feedingthesoulfoundation.oiabled

Disabled child with service dog Assistance League Outfits School Computer Lab Assistance League® of Inland North County recently outfitted Mission Middle School in Escondido with thirty-two computers for their new computer lab. Assistance League of Inland North County also supports six philanthropic programs: ‘Apology/Commentary’ Cont. from Page 3 We were also unable to run our credit card machine, which was also hooked up to what was now a dead phone line. Evelyn Madison, who actually runs this place, was on the phone for, probably, at least 20 hours during the last two weeks of this debacle, trying to get the issue resolved. To no avail. Finally, I got on the phone Friday and called Cox Communications Service Department, more than a little irritated at the treatment we had received. I spoke with a Service Tech Supervisor named Jeffrey, who refused to give his last name. He told me he would resubmit the porting order but it would take four to five days. I told him that was unacceptable. After all we had gone through I asked him why we had to wait four to five days. He claimed “FCC regulations.” I asked for a copy of that FCC regulation

Shown admiring the new facility are Jennifer Walters, Superintendent, Escondido Union School District; Linda Zullinger, president of Assistance League; eighth grade students, Zayda Martinez, Doquon Wells, Lilian Ley, and Joan Duncan, 1st Vice President, Assistance League. The students’ smiles indicate how much they are enjoying using the new lab. Ready…Set…Read!, Operation School Bell®, Operation Duffel Bags, Baby Real Deal, Scholarships and Grants, and the Palomar Hospital E.R. Kids’ Cozy Corner. Assistance League is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with no paid employees. For more information, go to www.assistanceleague.info or call 760.746.7532. Find them on and/or its file number so I could read for myself what the law said. He could not remember the document number. I asked for a contact number with the Legal Department for Cox so that they, surely, might have a copy of the mysterious FCC document and could either fax or email it to me, or supply a document number so I could retrieve it for myself. He declined to give me contact information for the Cox Legal Department. I had a hard time understanding (a) why a Supervisor would refuse to give their last name, and (b) why a Supervisor would not be familiar with and/or have a copy of the legal document he cited as a reason for not providing contracted service, and (c) why he refused to give me a contact person or phone number to reach the Cox Legal Department. We finally contacted Cox Customer Service and told them how unhappy we were at the treatment we received.

Facebook. Meetings/Events Calendar “The Eve” Dinner and a Movie - The Rancho Bernardo Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee invites everyone to “The Eve” Dinner and a Movie on Monday, December 24, starting at 5pm. The dinner will be at the Athens Market Café, 11640 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, with the movie next door at the Reading Cinema. The all inclusive

A very helpful and sympathetic lady, Ceanne Guerrera, referred us to a Cox Senior Service Representative named Sylvia Dunbar. She was able to restore 95% of our service within about 10 minutes of our phone call. She has become our heroine. The only problem we have now is that Evelyn’s home phone number rings on the office phones, and the office phone number rings on Evelyn’s home phones. Don’t know if that is our only problem at this time or not – that was what the service call was supposed to take care of today (Monday), however, no one ever showed up or called. But we can make calls and receive calls, albeit on the wrong phones. Summary: (a) While most of our dealings with Cox Communications over the past 10+ years have been pleasant, prompt, and efficient, this was one of the biggest breakdowns we had seen or experienced. We are hoping Cox can learn from this experience so you don’t have to go through what we

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‘Social Butterfly’ Cont. on Page <None> went through. In contrast, while researching and living out this mess, we heard from user after user that AT&T was terrible at providing service after the sale. From what we’ve experienced, these anecdotal stories are pretty close to the mark. AT&T sales personnel were quite pleasant (though we were misinformed about the product), the service techs are polite on the phone, but they dropped the ball, big time. While Cox is not blameless in this episode, given their frequent supplying of incorrect information, incorrect dates of job completion, and supplying questionable legal “requirements” as well as lack of Supervisorial knowledge, we believe the bulk of this problem falls at the feet of AT&T. We tried to contact AT&T’s Public Affairs Office to give them a chance to tell their side of this story. Alice, one of the Service Techs, said “no‘Apology/Commentary’ Cont. on Page 10


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Since our account had finally been transferred/ported over to Cox, apparently our case was a “closed file.” (b) If you should have a similar problem, we suggest you immediately ask for a supervisor. They can often do what a service tech cannot. Also, keep the name and telephone number of everyone you talk to in case you have to document your complaint. (c) If the supervisor can’t solve your problem, take it to Customer Service. In our case, we asked to be connected to the Public Affairs Department of Cox Communcations. It’s there where we got immediate action. Was that because we are a newspaper and they wanted to avoid any negative publicity? I suspect that is part of it. One ought not to have to own a newspaper in order to get what needs to be done, done. AT&T and/or Cox are invited to submit Letters to the Editor or statements outlining their comments. We’d welcome their explanation as to how this could have happened. Meantime, give us a call. Our phones are working.

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Page 12 - December 20, 2012 “Hey Cactus, what brings you to town?” I asked cheerfully. “Sure as hell wouldn’t be your rotgut coffee,” Jack grimaced. “I come to git me one of them 28 inch Viewsonic flat screen monitors at Fry’s. They’re practically given em away and I got the last one.”

“”Cactus Jack,” a friend of Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth thecomputerfactoryltd.comThe Computer Factory Miracle on Mulberry Street It was Christmas Eve 2008. Coming back from the bank at noon I saw “Cactus Jack’s” white Ford 350 pick-up truck parked in front of our store. Jack’s pickup is distinctive for the huge five-foot wide set of Texas Longhorns mounted on the hood. On the front seat there was a Santa suit draped over a large box marked FRY’S. Cactus Jack owns the “The Rainbow Computer Emporium,” east of Rainbow. Jack is a cranky, profane curmudgeon with a weakness for Bourbon. A sun wrinkled, squintyeyed scowl is permanently etched on his face. The droopy, tobacco yellowed mustache, sweat stained Stetson and dusty, worn cowboy boots make Jack look more like a hard luck prospector than a computer store owner. Jack was pouring himself a coffee when I walked in the door.

“I saw it on your front seat Jack. Also noticed the Santa suit. Did you get yourself a part time job?” I asked innocently. Jack let loose a stream of profanity. “I’d go naked in a snowstorm afore I’d wear that stupid elf suit. I picked it up from the cleaners fer my nephew. He wears the dang thing Christmas Eve and his brats is dumb enough fall fer it every time. Makes me sick just thinking bout it.” Just then Nome called from her workbench, “ we have a small problem.” Jack and I walked over to see. Nome began. “Mrs. Pintera brought in this old PC and monitor that she bought for $10 at a garage sale. Their notebook PC got stolen and her kids need a computer for schoolwork. Mr. Pintera can’t find work and now he’s down with the flu, the family car is in the garage and they’ve got no money for Christmas.” Nome continued. “Mrs. Pintera had been able to put aside $100 for the kids Christmas presents but they need a computer more than Christmas presents. She asked me if I thought we could fix this one for $100. I told her I was sure we could fix it up for less than that.” Cactus Jack was squinting at Mrs.

Pintera’s PC. “You couldn’t make this thing into a computer for $500. It’s got Windows 95.” Jack looked at Nome and snickered. “You mighta bit off more’n you can chew, sweetheart.” Nome ignored Jack and turned to me. “We could give them one of our refurbished computers, load it with everything and tell her that all we had to do was put her parts in a used case. We could tell her it costs $10 so she won’t think its charity. What do you think?” “I like it, lets do it,” I agreed. Nome continued, “They live in that old green house on the left side of Mulberry so we could drop it off after work tonight and save her a bus trip.” Jack slapped his knee and hooted. “Where am I? Brother Beno’s? You saps are easier than a two-dollar hooker. If’n I fell for every phony sob story I’d be outa of business in a week. I’m gittin outa here afore I bust out cryin.” Jack headed for the door. Nome yelled after him, “ I sure hope you have a Merry Christmas Cactus Scrooge.” Jack hesitated at the door and turned with a wicked grin. “It’s Christmas Eve so I’m gonna snuggle up with a bottle of Jack Daniels in front of my brand new 28-inch Viewsonic monitor and order me a shiny new 357 magnum off’n EBay. Merry Christmas suckers, Ho Ho Ho.” We knocked on the Pintera’s door just after six. A radiant, smiling Mrs.

‘Chuckles’ Cont. from Page 2 groaned. Christmas - A Season to Be Grateful

At this very special time of the year most of us are thinking about family, friends and Christmas observance and celebrations. For me, the holiday season is a great break from politics as usual. During this legislative break, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of my constituents including high school students, community groups and business leaders. It has been great to visit with old friends and make new acquaintances. However, at this time of year, it is also important to remind ourselves of the wonderful freedoms and blessings we enjoy in America. We owe the defense of these freedoms

to our armed services, and I am very thankful to the families of service members and the men and women, former and current, who have served and protected our great nation. During Christmas let’s take time to appreciate our country and families. If you get an opportunity -thank a service member and their families for their sacrifice – because of their effort we can celebrate the season. Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes San Diego (Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley) and Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Escondido, Vista the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

Pintera opened the door and invited us in. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree spread its branches over a pile of expensively wrapped gifts. Happy children scampered about the house. Cactus Jack was right? We got conned? Mrs. Pintera saw the look on my face and blushed. “I don’t know how it happened or what’s going on but about an hour ago three men just marched in with all this stuff. They didn’t say a word. They set up the tree and brought in all those presents and then they left. I guess it must be a church or something.” I put the computer on the floor. “I’ll get your monitor” “Oh we don’t need one,” she said, “They brought us a really nice 28-inch Viewsonic flat screen monitor” Mrs. Pintera’s four year old tugged at my pant leg “Santa brought it, we saw him. He had a white beard and everything,” he said seriously. His older brother added, “his beard was white but his mustache was yellow and he wore cowboy boots” I bent over and asked the little guy, “Did Santa have a sleigh and reindeer?” “No sir, he had a white pick-up truck, but it had antlers.” Merry Christmas from all of us at The Computer Factory, 845 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. If we can help with your Christmas shoping, come see us . . . or call us. 760.744.4315.

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The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but with no success. Finally they summoned the A distraught senior citizen police. phoned her doctor's office. The Texas Ranger surveyed 'Is it true,' she wanted to know, the situation briefly, then 'that the medication you preasked, "All right buddy, scribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?' what's your name?" 'Yes, I'm afraid so,' the doctor told her. "Fred," the cowboy moaned. There was a moment of silence "Where ya from, Fred?" asked before the senior lady replied, I'm wondering, then, just how the Ranger. serious is my condition because With terrible pain in his this prescription is marked 'NO voice, and without moving a REFILLS'.' ••••• muscle, Fred replied, "...The An older gentleman was on the Balcony..." operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, OBEDIENT WOMEN ‘Chuckles’ And God promised men that Cont. on Page 14

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Death Notices Jesus S. Moreno, 90, of Escondido, Ca., passed away on December 12th, 2012. Eugene Dick, 99, of Murrieta, Ca., a pioneer Escondido resident, passed away on December 3rd, 2012. Catalina Garcia-Sanchez, 54, of Escondido, CA. passed away on December 12th, 2012. Evelyn A. Ostrow, 90, of San Marcos, Ca., passed way on December 16th, 2012 Maureen V. Graf, 96, of Escondido, CA., passed away on December 16th, 2012.

The old guy says, 'Well, maybe I can help you find her.. what does she look like?'

Sam Griffiths, 90,of Escondido, Ca., passed away on December 18, 2012.

' The young guy says, 'Well, she is 27 yrs old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?'

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To which the first old guy says, 'Doesn't matter, --- let's look for yours.' ••••• (And this final one) Lord, Keep Your arm around my shoulder, and your hand over my mouth!

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The Paper FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030123 The name of the business: Williams’ Travel Shows & Photography, located at 1244 Rocky Pt. Way, Escondido, Ca. 92026, is hereby registered by the following: William L. Williams 1244 Rocky Pt. Way Escondido, Ca. 92026 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 11/15/2012. /s/William L. Williams This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/15/2012. 11/29, 12/06, 12/13 and 12/20/2012.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME 37-2012-00058700-CU-PT-NC TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Tung Ngoc Vuong filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Tung Ngoc Vuong Proposed name: Andy Ngoc Vuong. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objections that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: January 22nd, 2013, 8:30a.m., Department 3. The address of the court is: 325 S. Melrose, Vista, CA. 92081. A copy of the Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: San Marcos News Reporter, dba, The Paper, 845 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Dated 11/26/2012. /s/Aaron H. Katz, Judge of the Superior Court 11/29, 12/06, 12/13 & 12/20/2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-028834 The name of the business: RB Design, located at 621 S. Andreasen Dr., Suite F, Escondido, Ca. 92029, is hereby registered by the following: Generation Circuits, LLC 621-F S. Andreasen Dr. Escondido, Ca. 92029 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was 10/31/2012. /s/Thomas F. Beales, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 10/31/2012. 11/29, 12/06, 12/13 and 12/20/2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030737 The name of the business: St. George Writing Academy, located at 512 W. Juniper St., San Diego, Ca. 92010, is hereby registered by the following: Michelle Marie St. George 512 W. Juniper St. San Diego, Ca. 92010 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 9/01/2012. /s/Michelle St. George This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. 11/29, 12/06, 12/13 and 12/20/2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031177 The name of the business: Gerald Bailey Family Partnership, located at 449 Futurity Lane, Fallbrook, Ca. 92028, is hereby registered by the following: Gerald W. Bailey 449 Futurity Lane Fallbrook, CA. 92028 Mark E. Bailey 1470 Via Monserate Fallbrook, CA. 92028 Michelle K. Bailey 1460 Via Monserate Fallbrook, CA. 92028 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was 9/25/2012. /s/Gerald W. Bailey This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/29/2012. 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 and 12/27/2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031348 The name of the business: Shark Diver, located at 1019 Susana Ct., San Marcos, Ca. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Martin Graf 1019 Susana Ct. San Marcos, CA. 92078 This business is conducted by an indivdiual. First day of business was 12/01/2012. /s/Martin Graf This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/03/2012. 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 and 12/27/2012.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-029842 The name of the business: USA Consulting Inc., dba Bella Designs & Remodeling, located at 175 Maple Ave., #4, Carlsbad, CA. 92008, is hereby registered by the following: USA Consulting, Inc. 175 Maple Ave. #4 Carlsbad, CA. 92008 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 12/01/2008. /s/Lorie Buscemi, Vice President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/14/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, and 01/03/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-029809 The name of the business: Vista Royalodge Mobile Estates, located at 1010 E. Bobier Dr., Vista, Ca. 92084, is hereby registered by the following: Jeng N. and Harriet T. Lin 3591 Sunflower Circle Seal Beach, CA. 90740 This business is conducted by a Limited Partnership. First day of business was 9/01/2012. /s/Jeng N. Lin, General Partner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/13/2012. 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 and 12/27/2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031997 The name of the business: Soaring Life and Executive Coaching, located at 1254 Veronica Ct., Carlsbad, CA. 92011, is hereby registered by the following: Matti E. Dobbs 1254 Veronica Ct. Carlsbad, CA. 92011 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 1/01/2001. /s/Matti E. Dobbs This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/10/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030818 The name of the business: RDS Massage and Skincare, located at 811 W. San Marcos, Blvd., San Marcos, CA. 92078, , is hereby registered by the following: Rachel C. De Stigter 2351 Stewart Place Escondido, Ca. 92027 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Rachel C. De Stigter This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-032064 The name of the business: Zed Strategic Consulting, located at 7471 Circulo Sequoia, Carlsbad, CA., 92009, is hereby registered by the following: Sara Zaknoen 7471 Circulo Sequoia Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 3/1/2012. /s/Sara Zaknoen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/11/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031466 The name of the business: Primo’s Towing, located at 446 Olive Ave., Ste D, Vista, CA. 92084, is hereby registered by the following: Miguel Angel Hernandez 1466 Bonair Rd. Vista, Ca. 92084 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 5/08/2006. /s/Miguel Angel Hernandez This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/04/2012. 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 and 12/27/2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030847 The name of the business: El Rancho Motel, located at 370 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA. 92118, is hereby registered by the following: FRICA, LLC 11 St. Christophers Lane Coronado, CA. 92118 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business was April 1, 1999. /s/Irene Pedroza, Manager This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/26/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031523 The name of the business: Wilson & Dang, Attorneys at Law, North County San Diego Immigration Law Offices, located at 1650 Linda Vista Drive #109, San Marcos, CA. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Tung Dang 552 Echo Lane San Marcos, Ca. 92078 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 12/01/2012. /s/Tung Dang This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/04/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-027683 The name of the business: New York Pizzeria, located at 3067 Roosevelt, Carlsbad, Ca. 92008, , is hereby registered by the following: Michael Ogazon 3067 Roosevelt Carlsbad, CA. 92008 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Michael Ogazon, Owner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 10/19/2012. 10/25, 11/01, 11/08 & 11/15/2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030475 The name of the business: Pink Tie, located at 504 Calle Capistrano, San Marcos, CA. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Deborah Wankier 504 Calle Capistrano San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 10/01/2012. /s/Deborah Wankier This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/20/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031292 The name of the business: The Regal Seagull, located at 996 N. Coast Hiway 101, Encinitas, CA. 92024, is hereby registered by the following: MT Tavern Group, Inc. 996 N. Coast Hiway 101 Encinitas, CA. 92024 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was n/a. /s/Timothy Girsch, Vice President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/30/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031631 The name of the business: Lake House Cafe, located at 1030 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, Ca. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Debbie Kay Wise-Farwell and David Stanley Farwell 1528 Hermosita Drive San Marcos, CA. 92078 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business was 12/2/2012. /s/Debbie Kay Wise-Farwell, Partner This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/05/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031952 The name of the business: Living Waterfall, Zap Enterprizes, located at 30074 Le Vande Pl., Temecula, CA. 92592, is hereby registered by the following: Zap Enterprizes 30074 Le Vande Pl. Temecula, CA. 92592 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was 10/01/2012. /s/Michael J. Zappia, Jr., President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/10/2012. 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 and 01/03/2013.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031303 The name of the business: Kaveer Auto, located at 6439 Olea Ln., #207, Carlsbad, Ca. 92011, is hereby registered by the following: Massoud Sohrabi 6439 Olea Ln., #207 Carlsbad, Ca. 92011 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/Massoud Sohrabi This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/30/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-032538 The name of the business: Rug Suckers Carpet Cleaning, located at 2625 Pirineos Way #121, Carlsbad, CA. 92009, is hereby registered by the following: Daniel C. Rasmussen 2625 Pirineos Way #121 Carlsbad, CA. 92009 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 01/01/2004. /s/Daniel C. Rasmussen This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/14/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013.

Date of Filing Application: November 5, 2012 To Whom It May Concern: The Name of the Applicant is: RELM WINE & BEER BISTRO LLC The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 1215 SAN ELIJO ROAD SAN MARCOS, CA. 920781003 Type of license applied for: 41-ON-SALE BEER AND WINE - EATING PLACE 12/20/2012

December 20, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-031624 The name of the business: Old California Mining Company, located at 1020 W. San Marcos, Blvd., #118, San Marcos, CA. 92078, is hereby registered by the following: Ceko Restaurants, Inc. 905 Noreen Ct. San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by a corporation. First day of business was n/a. /s/Nicholas Ceko, President This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/05/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #2012-031625 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME: Old California Mining Co., located at 1020 W. San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. THE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME REFERRED TO ABOVE WAS FILED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY ON July 1, 2008 and assigned File No. 2008-021235, IS ABANDONED BY THE FOLLOWING REGISTRANT(S): Mr Lee, Inc. 842 Antioch Way San Marcos, Ca. 92078 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime). /s/Michael Lee, President This statement was filed with Ernest Dronenburg, Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/05/2012. 12/20, 12/27/2012, 01/03 & 01/10/2013..

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-032276 The name of the business: Gene & Sons Handy Services, located at 192 Calle Querido, San Marcos, Ca. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: Eugene Spieth 197 Calle Querido San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was 12/12/12. /s/Eugene Spieth This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 12/12/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2012-030506 The name of the business: Landcraft, located at 1278 Via Contessa, San Marcos, CA. 92069, is hereby registered by the following: David Pier 1278 Via Contessa San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by an individual. First day of business was n/a. /s/David Pier This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego County on 11/20/2012. 12/20, 12/27, 01/03/2013 and 01/10/2013.

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December 20, 2012 issue. News and entertainment for north San Diego county.

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